News & Events
All the latest updates from our teams
and our communities
News & Events
All the latest updates from our teams and our communities
Harry Wang and the Mosman Symphony Orchestra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBWjYyEP8Zo 17 year old violinist Harry Wang’s debut solo violin charity concert at the Sydney Town Hall at 2.30 pm on Saturday 10 December 2022
Symphony for Life Fundraising Concert at Burwood
St Paul’s Anglican Church
205 Burwood Road, Burwood
3pm on Saturday 3rd September
Introducing Will and Sarah and the double bass
Will joined SFL as a double bass teacher at the same time that Sarah joined as a nine year old student in September 2018. They have now been together for four years.
Vale Christopher Nicholls
Christopher Nicholls has died, suddenly. An accident in his home.
Chris inspired and led the creation of Symphony for Life Foundation.
The Symphony for Life Orchestra is back in action
Now, at last, we have been able to start the orchestra again. The players who continued with lessons and returned for orchestra have improved a lot! And they seem very happy to be back together.
Summer Camp January 2022
Three intensive days at The King’s School at Parramatta ended with a fabulous orchestral performance with all players participating
The Symphony for Life Orchestra on show for all to see
The Symphony for Life Orchestra played throughout the day on 9th July at Westfield Parramatta
Congratulations to our Symphony for Life students who successfully completed their AMEB exams early this year
Professor Gary McPherson will join the SFLF Board
Professor Gary McPherson was Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. He has now moved to Sydney and he has agreed to join the Board of Symphony for Life Foundation
Symphony for Lockdown – huge thank you to participants and supporters
This is all about the children in the Symphony for Life Foundation program. Life is not always easy for them, even in the best of
Symphony For Life Professional Masterclass Workshops
This is an incredible opportunity to sign up for an online masterclass workshop with one of Australia’s famous, leading musicians. The workshops will take place
Professional musicians speak out for Symphony For Life
We reached out to some professional musicians to ask them to endorse the Symphony For Life program; their response was overwhelming. There have been countless
Sally Walker joins Symphony For Life as Ambassador
Photograph: Rohan Thomson We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Sally Walker, Woodwind Lecturer at the Australian National University and Principal Flautist of the Omega
Symphony for Lockdown
Save the date! Thursday 14th October The Symphony For Lockdown Virtual Concert will take place: Thursday 14th October 7pm Sydney time We will publish and
Symphony For Lockdown sign up
Thank you so much for your interest in Symphony for Lockdown! We’re now running out of time before we need to get all the video
Symphony for Life – program update
After a long period of being apart, it was wonderful for the children to return to rehearsing together. Christopher Bennett our Director of Programs, introduces
An extraordinary night of music, community and good deeds
Mandy Yan and her Macquarie colleagues organised our online fundraiser to keep the music playing in 2021. Huge thanks to The Macquarie Foundation for their support.
Music is a very powerful force
For decades past, there has been research all over the world to discover the benefits of music education – other than learning to make music.
The research has shown benefits such as increased self-esteem and self-confidence, faster brain development and increased socialising.
The worst of times and the best of times
The first part of 2020 has proven a huge challenge to us all, keeping our families safe, keeping businesses afloat but also making sure that the essential work done by not-for-profit organisations like Symphony for Life continues to support our communities when they need it most.
Our priority over the last months has been to keep our program staff and children safe above everything else; we had to abandon face-to-face teaching and pause while we put the teaching program online. We are now up and running with a 100% digital program across lessons, mentoring and group classes.
Symphony for Life Orchestras – from 2017 to February 2020
Our program first got off the ground in Wentworthville in September 2017 when the first students came to be sized up for instruments. Some of those students are still with us, some have moved on and many more have joined us. It has been two years marked by growth: our teachers have grown as a team, our students have grown as musicians, and our program has grown into a fully-fledged string orchestra with a group of young beginners not far behind!
Looking back to 2019 and looking forward to SOON
Some Symphony for Life kids and parents saw two fantastic orchestras in 2019. Live. In person.
They had free tickets to brilliant concerts by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Our children are learning to play the instruments of the orchestra and they have their own beginning orchestras. But most of the children and their parents had never heard a live performance by a professional orchestra.
End of 2019 student concert
2019 ended very well for Symphony for Life. Our program has taken off and we are sustaining good progress with lots of appreciation and enthusiasm for the project. It is exciting to see the engagement of the parents in the learning which means a wonderful sense of community is starting to develop.
Huge thank you to supporters who attended our Macquarie Foundation Fundraiser
On Monday October 21st there was an inspiring evening of music, song and stories to highlight the work of our Foundation. The event was made possible by the amazing work of The Macquarie Foundation who not only hosted the event in their Martin Place HQ but also matched every dollar raised during the week of the Fundraiser. We hope to share with you very soon the final amount raised, in the meantime here are some images from a memorable evening.
A Big Night Of Music, Fun And Community
The end of term 2 saw our first big combined orchestras concert for 2019. Both the Freedman Youth Orchestra, and the Paramatta Children’s Orchestra took to the stage. Each orchestra showcased what they had worked out throughout the year so far, and then combined for a final item for the evening involving over 70 young string players.
Parents, friends and family all attended and there was a real sense of community and admiration for what the kids are achieving.